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Hamilton sets Hungarian GP target after compromised qualifying

Lewis Hamilton was unable to join George Russell on the front row of the grid at the Hungaroring after a DRS issue scuppered his final run.

Lewis Hamilton says he will do all he can to support teammate George Russell as Mercedes push to convert pole position into victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix. Russell claimed a shock pole at the Hungaroring as he edged out Ferrari pair Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc with a spectacular final qualifying lap. Hamilton, meanwhile, had to settle for seventh on the grid, with his DRS failing to open on his last lap and preventing him from making a similar improvement.

Hamilton hopes to join Russell up front in the race

Ahead of the race, Hamilton has vowed to give Russell as much support as possible while he attempts to work his way up the order. "Huge congratulations to George. It's an amazing feeling to get your first first pole position," Hamilton began, speaking to media including RacingNews365.com . "It's huge for us also as a team. We don't know where our pace all of a sudden just came from. It came from nowhere and that's a huge positive. "I'll do what I can to support him. He should be able to win from that position at this track, and I'll try and work my way up."

Hamilton optimistic about Mercedes set-up changes

As for Mercedes' potential race pace, Hamilton drew positivity from the progress the team made after a difficult first day of practice. "I don't know where our race pace is going to be now, because [on Friday] we were slow in both [practice sessions]," he said. "Maybe all of a sudden we found something. If we have, then great. If that is for both of us, then hopefully we can attack." In terms of the differences he felt from Friday to Saturday, Hamilton added: "It was night and day. We did a lot of work overnight; the guys back at the factory did a lot of work on the simulator. "We didn't obviously get to feel it in P3 [in the wet], but in quali it was feeling racy."

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